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Weʼre raising £500 to help fund needed repairs to the Almonry building that houses Evesham museum. We would like to raise as much money as we can.

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We are undertaking a two-day pilgrimage, in 13th century clothing and footwear from Tewkesbury to Evesham. We would love it if you would pledge in support of our efforts to help fund the preservation of this beautiful building and valuable historic resource.

About the Museum

The Almonry is a beautiful C14th building in the heart of Evesham. Once part of Evesham Abbey, it was home to the Almoner, one of the Benedictine brothers who inhabited the abbey. The Almoner was responsible for giving alms to the poor and needy of the town. Following the closure of the Abbey by Henry VIII, the Almonry became the personal home of the last Abbot, Philip Ballard, whilst the rest of the Abbey buildings were sold to Sir Philip Hoby who arranged for the quarrying of the stone.

Today, the Almonry, two churches, bell tower and cloister arch are all that remain of what was reportedly the third largest abbey in England. The Almonry has had a varied career: ale house, offices, tea rooms, private home, until it was finally purchased by Evesham Borough Council in 1929, opening as a museum in 1957 reflecting Evesham and Vale life from pre-history to the mid-twentieth century, it also serves as the town’s Tourist Information Centre and gift shop. Today, the Almonry is still owned and funded by Evesham Town Council.

The Almonry is Grade 1 listed and in 2016 the building was put on the Heritage at Risk register by English Heritage. Originally the building consisted of little more that the two storey high hall, the Undercroft and the large kitchen. Following the English Reformation and dissolution of the monasteries, the Almonry survived, at a time when most of the abbey buildings were being dismantled and used as the foundation stones for buildings around the town. The property has undergone many extensions and alterations over the centuries but the bones of the original building are still here, making it a site of extraordinary architectural interest. The building is now in need of repair and restoration and we are starting our fundraising campaign. We think we will need to raise around £2m to fully restore and refurbish the Almonry.

Why a Pilgrimage?

Pilgrimage was an important part of religious life in the Middle Ages. People undertook pilgrimage for a multitude of reasons; for spiritual fulfilment, as punishment for sins committed, for guidance, for devotion to a particular saint or for a cure for an illness or ailment. Reasons for embarking on pilgrimage are as varied today as in the Middle Ages; for spiritual and religious purpose, for leisure and exercise, for tourism and for mindfulness and peaceful purpose attempting to reconnect with the world. Evesham Abbey was founded, according to legend, because of a vision of the Virgin Mary. This would have made Evesham an important site for pilgrims to visit. The Abbey also held relics of other saints and was also the focus of the Cult of Simon de Montfort that grew following his death at the Battle of Evesham in 1265.

In 1273, Robert de Vere, Earl of Oxford undertook a pilgrimage from his castle in Essex to Evesham. The final part of his route was from Tewkesbury to Winchcombe and on to Evesham. Matt and Clive are undertaking this final part of De Vere’s pilgrimage to help us kickstart our fundraising campaign. Any contribution you can make to this appeal will go towards the restoration and refurbishment of this beautiful building and the museum. Thank you.

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  • Evesham Museum1 month ago
    Evesham Museum

    Evesham Museum

    1 month ago

    Well final words from me (Clive) now that my body has recovered from the walk. I'd like to say a thank you to everyone who donated to this cause. I've included all the photos that I have. Also this is another chance to donate more before I finally close this page. It'll also be the last time I spam all the groups. Thank you to all for putting up with us pushing this. So finally we have at the moment in total managed to raise just over £1700. But wouldn't be nice to get as close as we can to £2000. I know the museum would be over the moon.

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  • Evesham Museum1 month ago
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    1 month ago

    Well, we made it. We were very touched that The House of the Twin Tailed Lion gave us a guard of honour for our arrival. 12.5 miles covered and we are knackered! We delivered to The Almonry Evesham pur parchment listing the names of all who donated before we left - and we also delivered greetings from the Vicar of Tewkesbury Abbey to the Vicar of Evesham. Thank you all for your support - it has been amazing to see the donations continue to come in while we walk. It will all go toward helping the Almonry to make the repairs they sorely need!

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  • Evesham Museum1 month ago
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    1 month ago

    Hiya! Matt again. We set off this morning from Winchcombe, making reasonably good time(no hill in our way I guess!) We currently are taking a short break at our halfway point at Wormington. We are grateful to the parish for providing the lovely church common and benches! Sore feet thank you!

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75

  • Steph & Trev

    Steph & Trev

    Apr 27, 2022

    Well done :):) XX

    £20.00

  • James G

    James G

    Apr 20, 2022

    Amazing adventure, hope to hear all about it by a campfire one day.

    £30.00

  • Rich

    Rich

    Apr 18, 2022

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Apr 18, 2022

    good to meet you on your work - good effort

    £20.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Apr 17, 2022

    Well done, especially in the warm weather.

    £10.00

  • Lilibet Hiscutt-Blackmore

    Lilibet Hiscutt-Blackmore

    Apr 16, 2022

    Well done Uncle Clive keeping your authentic footwear on for the whole journeyL x

    £25.00

  • Linda Haylett

    Linda Haylett

    Apr 16, 2022

    Well done really Brilliant

    £10.00

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We are undertaking a two-day pilgrimage, in 13th century clothing and footwear from Tewkesbury to Evesham. We would love it if you would pledge in support of our efforts to help fund the preservation of this beautiful building and valuable historic resource.

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